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Mar 20, 2018

Just three months left until graduation

Our proud mothers displaying their first uniforms.
Our proud mothers displaying their first uniforms.

In June our 2017/18 tailoring class will graduate. Our ladies will be fully prepared for a life they would have never dreamed possible if it wasn't for you and your continued support. Our ladies will have a trade and the skills to be able to feed, support and educate their children.

I would like to share a couple of our student's stories as I know you will feel very proud and privileged to be part of the amazing opportunities our ladies have been blessed with.

Caroline

Caroline is one of 7 children. Her family depends on casual agricultural labor to feed the family. They live in mud houses which are common Samburu shelters. Access to clean water was a constant challenge while Caroline was growing up. The girls would have to walk long distances to collect water, often missing school. Often during her childhood, the family couldn't afford a daily meal, so the children went without food. (These conditions have not changed for Caroline's family) Caroline arrived in June 2017 with her 6-month-old daughter, Sharleen. Due to her poor background, Sharleen was born underweight.  When Caroline arrived the first thing we did was take them both in for the first check-up Carolina and baby Sharleen had ever had. Due to her malnourished state, the baby was put on a protein supplement formula. Caroline has blossomed as a result of receiving 3 healthy meals a day and Sharleen has developed into a happy, healthy baby girl.

Agnes

Agnes was born into a family of eight children. Agnes dropped out of school in form three (primary) after her parents were not able to pay her school fees. Agnes was married at age 14 after dropping out of school and has four children. Agnes burns firewood to sell charcoal to support her family. She also does casual labor. They live in a semi-permanent mud house with no piped water and electricity. As for bedding, they use cardboard as mattresses and bed sheets. In her rural village, Agnes has to walk 3 hours to fetch 20 liters of water.

Both ladies villages are in close proximity to Maralal, the crossroad for trade in Samburu. Upon graduation, the ladies will return to their rural area. They are planning on getting a microfinance loan from 
WOMEN ENTERPRISE FUND (WEF)  School uniforms are mandatory in Kenya, so a steady source of income will be supplying the local schools and boarding schools in the district as well as repairs and dressmaking from their Maralal based business.

As well as tailoring our students have learned valuable business skills such as money management and healthy lifestyle choices from the volunteers who have visited and shared their knowledge during their training. The students who have had some high school education also enjoyed our computer classes. As we approach the final quarter of their twelve-month long training with us the ladies are eager to begin the next, exciting phase of their new life.

Thank you so much for your support and making this all possible.

Warmest regards,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Caroline's submission for the first quarter exam.
Caroline's submission for the first quarter exam.
One of the 1st things learned was school uniforms.
One of the 1st things learned was school uniforms.
A proud mum, making her son's first uniform.
A proud mum, making her son's first uniform.
Off to school in our new uniforms made by our mums
Off to school in our new uniforms made by our mums

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Dec 29, 2017

We all have so much to be grateful for in 2017


Dear friends,

What an amazing year it has been for Springs of Hope Foundation, thanks to YOU!

Because of YOU, Kenyan women and their children are thriving and hopeful. Because of YOU, children are healthy and will soon be excitedly returning to school for another year of learning their parents could never have dreamed of. Because of YOU, children had good food to eat this year. Because of YOU, amazing, talented women are acquiring skills with which to start their own small businesses and support their children. And because of you, children not only eat well but also go to school, dreaming of a future free of poverty. We don't have enough words to thank you for what you've done because it is huge...it is life changing.

Thank you for caring for the women and their little ones we serve and for giving them a brighter future. You are the ones who allow us to keep working for them, providing them with priceless vocational and life skills training, medicine, medical supplies, clean water, food, school fees and supplies, self-reliance and HOPE.

As you make your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so that we can continue helping women and children in 2018 and beyond.

We wish you the best year ever, full of every blessing and happiness imaginable, knowing you are a hope-giver. If you'd like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact me at jenniferhughes@springsofhopefoundation.org. I'd love to chat with you!

On behalf of the women and children we serve, Asante Sana and wishing you and your loved ones many blessings in 2018.

Warmest regards,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Founder/CEO

Springs of Hope Foundation.

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Dec 29, 2017

We all have so much to be grateful for in 2017

Dear friends,

 What an amazing year it has been for Springs of Hope Foundation, thanks to YOU!

Because of YOU, Kenyan women and their children are thriving and hopeful. Because of YOU, children are healthy and will soon be excitedly returning to school for another year of learning their parents could never have dreamed of. Because of YOU, children had good food to eat this year. Because of YOU, amazing, talented women are acquiring skills with which to start their own small businesses and support their children. And because of you, children not only eat well but also go to school, dreaming of a future free of poverty. We don't have enough words to thank you for what you've done because it is huge...it is life changing.

 Thank you for caring for the women and their little ones we serve and for giving them a brighter future. You are the ones who allow us to keep working for them, providing them with priceless vocational and life skills training, medicine, medical supplies, clean water, food, school fees and supplies, self-reliance and HOPE.

 As you make your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so that we can continue helping women and children in 2018 and beyond.

 We wish you the best year ever, full of every blessing and happiness imaginable, knowing you are a hope-giver. If you'd like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact me at jenniferhughes@springsofhopefoundation.org. I'd love to chat with you!

On behalf of the women and children we serve, Asante Sana and wishing you and your loved ones many blessings in 2018.

Warmest regards,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Founder/CEO

Springs of Hope Foundation.

Our Volunteer Sofia teaching business management.
Our Volunteer Sofia teaching business management.

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